The upcoming season of E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians features America’s most famous reality TV family debating the merits of keeping a gun in the home for personal security.
In a preview clip for Sunday’s season-opening episode, Khloe Kardashian speaks up for the benefits of being armed by asking her sister Kim if it would not have been better to be armed when she was targeted for robbery in Paris last year. Kim was robbed at gunpoint in early October 2016, with the perpetrators making off with over $10 million in jewelry.
Khloe was simply asking if Kim might want a gun, if she could do it all over again.
The subject of guns came up when Kendall Jenner mentioned her desire to keep a gun in her home for personal security. Kendall said she’d been “dealing with scary situations such as stalkers and break ins,” and believes having the gun would make her feel safe.
Kendall and Khloe were discussing different kinds of guns when Kim walked into the room and dismissed the need for personal gun ownership, saying, “That’s what you have security for.”
“I want to know about these things so I could be knowledgeable of it and know how to either protect myself or how to handle a gun,” Khloe said. She looked at Kim and asked about the Paris robbery, saying, “Not to bring anything up but in your situation, say that gun, if you were able to get access to it, would you know what to do?”
Kim responded by saying she would not have shot because she was outnumbered. This is a strange answer insomuch as being outnumbered is normally cited as a great reason to own a gun; to level the playing field.
But Khloe to continued to press, asking why Kim would not at least want to be familiar with a gun in case the need for self-defense arises. Kim responded by stressing again that she is not “comfortable” with guns and would not want her kids to participate in “sleepovers” in the family house if a gun was inside.
The clips ends with an edited segment in which Kim doubles down, saying, “I personally am not a fan of owning guns and having guns in the homes.” She was followed by a Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety video featuring images of Dawn Hochsprung, the principal who was killed in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013.
The video did not mention that Hochsprung was not killed in a home with guns, but in a school that had the very gun-free policies Kim Kardashian advocates.
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